2020 Season Opening Gala

Sunday January 19th
6:30 PM

Come celebrate with [u]S!

Join [usual] Suspects from past, present, and future productions as we kickoff our new residency at Keith Country Day School at our 2020 Gala!

This fundraiser will feature live performances, raffle baskets, door prize, and catering provided by Baker Street Burgers!

Into the Woods

Book by – James Lapine
Music & Lyrics by – Stephen Sondheim


James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse.

Into the Woods is presented by special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).

Detective Partner Hero Villian

by Brett Neveu


The black-and-white morality of superheroes is turned on its head in this ode to the modern action/comic book genre mixed with the dark humor of a gumshoe noir. Introducing the world to crime-fighter The Fantastic Phenomenon (the hero) and his arch nemesis Supernova (the villain), a detective searches for the killer of superhero super-fans while trying to understand his own oddly formal relationship to The Fantastic Phenomenon.

Detective Partner Hero Villain is presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Company, Inc.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

by Greg Allen


Having opened in 1988 and still playing today as the longest-running show in Chicago history, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind is an ensemble experiment in presenting “30 Plays in 60 Minutes.” Each two-minute play is performed in random order with an interactive audience. An onstage 60-minute timer keeps everyone honest.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is presented by special arrangement with Playscripts. Inc.

Little Shop of Horrors

Book & Lyrics by – Howard Ashman
Music by – Alan Menken


A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little MermaidBeauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

Little Shop of Horrors is presented by special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).
Urinetown was amazing! Hilarious, clever, timely and just plain fun! Highly recommend!
Sandy Johnson
Very professional performers.
George Sweet
I highly recommend them. They were quite entertaining
Daniel M Pace
I like the edgy thought provoking material they choose. The acting is phenomenal. A real Rockford treasure. Once you go, you’ll be hooked. I’ve seen at least one play each season since they started. Glad they offer season tickets now so I wouldn’t miss a single play.
Jodell Gabriel
cast was outstanding very intense and thought inducing enjoyed the show very much. could have done without the noise from upstairs very . annoying toke away from your show
Steven Thomas
awesome talent in a fantastic intimate setting!
Kirsten Erdmier Eckert
A troupe of outstanding creative professionals!!!
Casey Alexis Johnson
Great group of people. go see a show.
Jeffrey Morris
Saw The Realistic Joneses last night. Great show with four talented performers! Highly recommend.
Heather Rigden
Hair was a great show, will definitely watch for more productions by this group!
Monica Isham
I saw Hair last night (final show), and all I can say is that if I’d known it would be that good, I would have offered to play in the band. I grew up listening to this music and love it, and this production was outstanding. Thanks for posting that rehearsal of Let The Sun Shine In- for me the highlight of the show is the beginning of of that song when the 2 women (I think the characters are Sheila and Venus) sing together, and they nailed it. I got chills when I heard it live. Other musical highlights were Frank Mills, Easy to be Hard, and most of What A Piece of Work is Man. Thanks Stella for Aquarius and Colored Spade. If it didn’t end last night, I would go again. Cast, band, crew, and production team, I give you my thanks for a job well done!
Rick Nolting
I just got home from Hair. Great performance-loved it. The cast received a well deserved standing ovation. I will see more productions from this group.
Willia Moore
Marak Edlen
We brought our 13-year old grandson. There was a slight discomfort level. We probably should have prepared him a little more. But, while he didn’t get every reference, he enjoyed it - as did we! He was even talking about writing a play on the way home. So, enjoyable on many levels. Great acting and singing, the storyline still so appropriate and a great history lesson.
Dorien Conover Peterson
I recommend them for their talent: The quality of voices, their energy, and the quality of the production of "hair."
Ruby Boxerbaum Lash
Jenny Eliza
The music was energizing.. the performers' voices were amazing!
Kathie Mattison
Fantastic! Entire company is greatly talented. Beautiful blend of voices.
Vicki Rimkus
They are awesome and put on a wonderful show! will definitely be going back in the near future.
Talia Romeo Warren
another great performance! ways great talent. just watched Hair amazing!!
Janeen Abdo
[usual] suspects did an amazing job on “12 Angry Men” tonight. Tomorrow is your last chance to see it ... don’t miss it!!!
Nita Harris
The uSual Suspects performance of 12 Angry Men was phenomenal! The cast was AMAZING!! One of their most powerful performances ever!!
Michael Rourke
My daughter and I just attended “ 12 Angry Men” this evening”... we were captivated from the beginning to end! I truly felt as if I was sitting in a room of true jurors as they battled out the fate of a real life! It was moving... the cast did an excellent job.. we look forward to enjoying more productions at your lovely and intimate little theater! Bravo !
April Ann
I saw their show "Twelve Angry Men" just this night, and I am astonished by it. The emotional build-up in each act is performed smoothly and efficiently. The blocking, or movement on stage, made sense with what the characters were doing. If you have time go see this show, it is small seating but you really do feel like a fly on the wall in a hot room full of angry men. I can't wait to see more shows by this company.
Rebecca Anne Conkling
Just saw 12 Angry Men. Great play with a great cast in an up-close, unique atmosphere at the Nordlof Center. Affordable and in our own backyard. Rockford needs to support this!!
Paul Harrison
Colin Meyer
The cast of “Six Degrees” was wonderful... the show was amazing... what a gift this theatre company is to our community!
Kaila Schaefer Matthys
Elyssa Marie
Glendia Strandin
Shannon Espinosa
Melissa Thomas Wolf
Siena Oliveri
A phenomenal group of very talented actors! Their passion and connection to their individual role, as well as, the overall story is palpable.
Dennis Rabon
Kerstin Ferguson-Franks
Liz Love-Hamlin
Lizabeth Peterson Schultz
This was our 2nd year attending the show. Always amazing as usual. Fun for the whole family LOL.
Carlene Siebert Hajdys
Amazing loved the show, can't get enough of the actors voices!
Mandy Galor
Amazing show!! Great job everyone! Can't wait to see what you do next so we can be there. Had a great night!
Robyn Gustafson
Linda Roch
The (Usual) Suspects are by far the best group I've ever seen do The Rocky Horror Show! They pay homage to the original while adding their own twists to create a very entertaining show. Amazing singing voices, beautiful set pieces, comedic audience interaction, great choreography, ect. I was definitely wowed and can't wait to see their other productions!
Josh Chesser
The best acting troupe in the area. Chicago talent for a Rockford price. Rocky Horror was better than the tv version. You need to see this show live.
Alice Amro
They are talented and wonderful people!! Love them!
Charles Lane
What a wonderful show, the talent in the show was incredible!!!! I'm sooo impressed with Frank n furter, he was fabulous!! Amazing talent!!! Great job to everyone in the show!!!
Tracey Frint-Lane
Kimberly Blasdel Pollock
You guys did so much better than the one that was on tv last night!
Victoria Watson
Rocky horror was awesome! Amazing singers! Will def come back to see another show.
Trista Macnider
My wife and I saw the play for our anniversary. It was an absolute blast. I forgot how much fun plays can be and the usual suspects are top notch. I would definitely see more performances from them.
Mike Bartelli
Awesome, SUPERB, loved the production of Rocky Horror! My face hurt from laughing so much. Thanks for a fabulous show!
Anne Moorman
I thought the usual suspects did great job. I enjoyed parts of the play better then the actual movie. They did an awesome job getting the crowd involved. For local, affordable entertainment you can't beat it and I look forward to seeing what else the usual suspects come up with.
Corrin Bartelli
Had a great time and it was an amazing show. I loved the way this classic was performed.
Ashley Ruszczak
One of the best experiences to be had! I highly recommend you see these people. Go now and see them!
Stephan Ruszczak
Brought my wife to the show for her birthday. What a hell of a good time!! Such a talented cast. If you have not gone to see it yet you will not be disappointed!!
Adam Watson
Kadie Herron
'The Rocky Horror Show' was spectacular! You've got a lot of very talented singers & actors. So much fun!
Laura Fransen
Fantastic show!! They do a wonderful job performing the show and getting the audience involved! I hope they continue to put on this show for years to come, as we plan to be there every weekend in October!
Amy Pacheco Kepner
Great show awesome space cast was really into the performance
Jim MIller
Very impressive! I loved every minute of it and will be back tomorrow night!
Robyn Michelle
Nicole Corey
Working with this group was an experience of collaboration and love. Easily one of, if not the most professional community theater experience you will receive in the Rockford area. They are just as wonderful behind the scenes as they are on the stage. The best part is that they all love what they do and it shows. Because the theater is awesome.
Raymond Fanara
I have seen all of the shows, and they have all been wonderful! Such talented, fantastic people! I can't wait for what's next!
Tricia Whitehead Sievers
Assassins was intense,and fun. Had a great time. I would encourage you to go see this while you have the chance. Can't wait for the U(S) second season.
Steve Heiden
Just left the Nordlof's presentation of "Assassins" . a fantastic show with a fantastic cast. Humor, drama and history (embellished or otherwise) in a neat package. I'm no theater critic, but you won't be disappointed in giving this troupe shot.
Jason Moorman
Having seen two of their first three productions I can say what a unique theater experience they are bringing to Rockford! The sets, staging and of course, choice of material are simply different and original and eye-opening. The performances have been top-notch. While the storyline of Assassins is difficult, and having a gun pointed at you in light of where we live and the world around us can be a bit traumatic, I couldn't stop thinking about their performance. Each assassin and ensemble member really told an interesting story. I recommend you experience this show and see what you think!
Shawna Wright Bartimoccia
Connie Kramer
The actors and costuming in Assassins were amazing and transported be to that decade and character in history. At most points I did not feel like I was in a theatre watching this , but was transported to that time in our history. Good job cast and crew. A MUST see!!!!!!
Megan L. McIntyre
Great customer service. I messed up my online order and thought I'd just send an email seeing if there was a possibility of correcting my error. With in a matter of hours , I got a response and a solution. Being that it was late on a Friday night I never expected such a quick response. Thank you ! Can't wait to see the show.
Kim Teslik Ball
The cast of Assassins did a wonderful performance tonight. Great job everyone!!!! I enjoyed it very much! Janet
Janet Bracken
Twelve Angry Men last night was wonderful. What a terrific play and great performance and staging! The piece captured the elegance and inelegance of the jury room, the tug of power this way and that, the complexity of the act of listening. I loved the way actors turned their chairs and backs to hate - a peaceful, respectful, powerful shunning. Thank you, Usual Suspects!
Amelia Simpson
I just saw The Assassins~ It was AMAZING!!! It was the best production I have seen in awhile. Keep up the fantastic work! I can't wait until your next production!!
Holli Jayne
This was my first time seeing a production by the Suspects!My husband and I enjoyed it! We were blown away by the talent of the cast!We will definitely be there for their next production!Thank you for all the time and energy you put in to a performance!
Tammy Nordin Ramlo
Lisa Johnson Landerdahl
Susan Gillenwater
FANTASTIC! Loved ASSASSINS! Will come back for more shows....
Kris Geddes
Fabulous show! The level of talent was outstanding! I felt completely immersed in the experience. Thank you for an engaging evening!
Kristi Peterson
Brilliant performance from all of the actors. The music was fantastic and the dialogue was amazing. I will be back for more performances in the future!
Heather Krueger
Amazing! The talent on that small stage was huge! I thoroughly enjoyed this amazing production of a truly unusual musical. Go see it! It's as good, if not better as anything you'd see in Chicago. Well done Usual Suspects!
Cassi Steurer
Assassins was fantastic! I was completely blown away by this production, especially because I didn't know about the show before they announced it. You can feel the amount of work and passion they put into the show and definitely got chills from the insane amount of talent I got to witness! So happy u(S) exists! 🙂
Cherrie Castaneda
I was blown away by the production of Assassins! The entire experience, from beginning to end, was nothing but good quality theatre. I laughed, I gasped, I quivered with fright and I loved every minute of it. A must see show!
Catherene I. Martin
What a wonderful show! I can't say enough about the time, the work and the talent of the entire cast and crew. I didn't know much about the show before I went but you learn an awful lot of history about the attempted assassinations and the assassinations of the Presidents of the United States while seeing this performance. It does not have an intermission, and, you will not miss it. The flow of the show does not need one. I highly recommend seeing it and take everyone you know. You won't regret it!
Bea Lincoln
WOW! What a delightful evening of theatre! Usual Suspects at Nordlof black box theater. ASSASSINS was spectacular in every way. Hilarious at times, sinister and dark at other times. Thought provoking and educational , entertaining and disturbing. Surprises around every corner. OUTSTANDING talent!!! A must see!!! BRAVO to all involved.....on and off stage!!
Lisa Ippolito
I saw Assassins on opening night and it was fantastic! The vocals were excellent, the use of the stage (which looked great) and choreography were perfect, and the acting was wonderful. This was my first experience at a Usual Suspects show but I will definitely be back! Keep up the great work!
Jen Gorman
These people care about what they produce and it's evident in their shows. Quality people creating quality shows.
Tessa Castaneda
Lori Lynn Beach-Grass